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Occupational Dermatitis Compensation Claims
Dermatitis is a skin inflammation caused when the skin encounters irritants. It has been estimated that as many as 15 people in the UK could be living with dermatitis, with the condition greatly impacting their personal and professional lives.
Not everyone in the UK afflicted develops the condition can trace its cause or evolution of symptoms to their working environment. However, if your working environment has directly caused, or worsened a previous dermatitis diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. Versus Law’s dedicated occupational dermatitis solicitors in Manchester can help you claim the compensation that you’re entitled to.
What are the Symptoms of Occupational Dermatitis?
Persistent skin exposure to harmful substances or working in an environment that deprives the skin of essential oils through prolonged and sustained contact with abrasive soaps, detergents or even water is the cause of about 55% of dermatitis diagnoses each year.
Prolonged and sustained contact with food, including sugar, flour, fruits, vegetables, spices, fish and meat cause approximately 40% of dermatitis cases each year.
Contact dermatitis can also be caused by prolonged and sustained contact with rubber / latex gloves, coins, chemicals and cleaners, and some alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms or have persistent issues with any of the symptoms that have affected your health, you may be entitled to make an occupational dermatitis claim. The symptoms include:
- Severe dry and itchy skin
- Painful sores and blisters
- Skin infections
- Persistent burning skin sensation
- Sensitivity to the sun
What Sectors Put Employees at Risk from Developing Occupational Dermatitis?
There is a wealth of sectors that put employees at risk of developing occupational dermatitis. These include the following:
- Medical professionals
- Dental professionals
- Textile employees
- Construction professionals
The Responsibility of Your Employer
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Act 2002 requires employers to assess any risks that might pose a threat to occupational health, provide sufficient control measures to make sure that all working environments are free of risk to employees health, provide sound instruction, training and information on how to avoid injury and illness in the workplace, and ensure that health workplace surveillance in used in some environments.
You should be provided protective equipment for working with hazardous materials that could directly or indirectly cause occupational dermatitis. If you believe that appropriate measures were not taken by your employer, you may be able to make a claim against them.
Versus Law solicitors in Manchester has a wealth of experience helping employees get the compensation they deserve when occupational dermatitis has had a lasting impact on a client’s personal and professional lives.
How Do I Make an Occupational Dermatitis Compensation Claim?
The first step to making an occupational dermatitis compensation claim is to contact Versus Law. Our experienced occupational dermatitis solicitors will then organise a FREE consultation to discuss your case. Once we have learned your circumstances, we will talk you through your options and provide you with expert legal advice.
At this stage, all you need to do is to provide us with the details of how dermatitis affects your day-to-day life, whether symptoms flared up during your time working for an employer or developed wholly, and evidence that appropriate safety measures were not taken by your employer. A member of our team will then contact your employer and inform them that you’ll be seeking compensation for your occupational dermatitis.
Here at Versus Law, we promote a transparent and client-centric approach every one of the occupational dermatitis claims that we handle. We make the entire process as simple and straightforward for you as possible, providing comprehensive legal and empathic personal support to make sure that you receive the best possible settlement with a minimal amount of distress.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?
You can make a claim anytime within three years of becoming aware that your dermatitis might be linked to work. If your dermatitis occurred outside of the UK, this timescale might be shorter. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation, contact Versus Law today.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
The amount of compensation that you’re entitled to is dependent on a range of circumstances. This is the same with any workplace-related illness. Typical factors include:
- Loss of earnings (including future loss projections)
- Any medical or travel expenses that you’ve had to pay
- Your care and support needs (both present and future)
- Expenses relating to home environment modifications
- Mobile aids
- Any pain and suffering that you’ve experienced
Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
Early compensation payments, known as interim payments, are those that are made in advance of any final settlement. They are only made with your employer if they admit legal responsibility for your dermatitis.
Such payments can be very helpful to cover a loss of earnings and to pay for any specialist medical care that you need stemming from your dermatitis.
No Win No Fee Occupational Dermatitis Claims
Our occupational dermatitis claims legal service is provided on a no win no fee basis. This means that should your claim be unsuccessful; you won’t have to pay any legal costs. There are also no upfront costs for using our services.
Should your claim be successful, your employer will be responsible for paying your legal fees, with any outstanding balance deducted from your compensation.
Why Choose Us?
Versus Law solicitors in Manchester is an award-winning legal practice with substantial experience settling occupational dermatitis claims. If your symptoms worsen throughout the course of the claim, this will be reflected in the settlement we seek – especially if you’re forced to seek private and expensive medical treatment.
We provide ample support throughout the process. We care about the well-being of our clients. All the actions that we take reflect this ethos.
To receive your free consultation with one of our occupational dermatitis solicitors in Manchester, contact us today on 0845 555 0606 or email us at email@example.com. If you prefer, you can complete our contact form here.